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An Ecocritical Analysis of Ursula Krober Le Guin’s The Dispossessed

*Dr. Rakesh Kumar

Assistant professor,

Dept. of English,

Bhaderwah Campus,

University of Jammu.

 

**Manpreet Sharma

Mphil. Scholar,

Dept. of English,

University of Jammu.

 

***Umara Shameen Butt

PhD Scholar,

University of Jammu.

 

 

Abstract:

Concern for environmental issues has always been a central theme in literature. Various eminent creative artists have raised their concerns for the degrading and depleting resources of the mother nature through their works of art. Ursula Krober Le Guin a prominent American science fiction writer and winner of several literary awards has also highlighted the devastating effects of such an obliteration. Le Guin has a deep sensitivity to nature, and is considered one of the remarkable figures in the rejuvenation of utopian writing starting in the 1970s. Science fiction as a genre of critical interrogation presents: 1. How things are, not as they seem to be 2. How they should be for a better world to function effectively and 3. What if things are not changed accordingly. Therefore science fiction not only highlights the issues relevant to humanity but also prophecises where these issues can lead us to in near future if not addressed adequately. The selected text The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia like many of Le Guin’s texts is environmentally oriented and depicts the oppression of mother nature by thankless humans. This paper seeks to demonstrate a dual world of tantalizing ecotopia and repulsive dystopia in relation to the functioning and management of both the worlds. Phenomenon of environmental justice and environmental discrimination by analysing the functioning of two contrary planets Anarres and Urras where the latter one is much like our planet Earth, thus signifying the urgency to respect flora and fauna of mother nature in benevolent and thankful manner.

Keywords: Environmental justice, Sustainable development, Environmental equity, Environmental discrimination, Utopia, Dystopia.

journal of english

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